What is an Aneurysm?
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What is an Aneurysm?

    What is an Aneurysm?

    An aneurysm is a bulge or ballooning of the wall of an artery. It may be caused by disease or injury.

    The most common type of aneurysm is called a cerebral aneurysm. These occur in the brain’s arteries and usually cause no symptoms. They can rupture, however, causing bleeding into the skull that can damage brain tissue.


    What causes an aneurysm?

    There are several different kinds of aneurysms. Most people with aneurysms do not have any symptoms. However, some people develop headaches, vision loss, weakness, numbness, or seizures. If you notice these symptoms, see your doctor right away.


    Symptoms of an aneurysm

    You should seek medical attention immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:

    • Severe headache

    • Vision changes

    • Numbness or tingling in your face, arms, legs, or feet

    • Weakness or paralysis in your face, arms or legs

    • Difficulty speaking or understanding speech

    • Sudden dizziness or fainting

    • Loss of consciousness


    Treatment options for an aneurysm

    If you think you might have an aneurysm, call 112 or go to the nearest emergency room right away. There are several treatment options available for aneurysms, including surgery, endovascular therapy (angioplasty), and medication.


    The most common location is at the base of the brain

    Most people with aneurysms do not have symptoms. However, some people who have aneurysms develop headaches, vision changes, weakness, numbness, tingling, dizziness, seizures, or loss of consciousness. These symptoms usually occur when blood flow to part of the brain is blocked.

    Symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weakness, vision changes, and loss of consciousness.

    If you notice any of these symptoms, see your doctor right away. You should also tell your doctor if you have had a previous head injury or surgery.

    The content of the page is for informational purposes only, please consult your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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